Personalities

A Budding Naturalist

The extended Roosevelt family were great believers in the benefits of summer vacations in the country and outdoor pursuits. Teddy, as a frail boy who suffered from severe asthma, was urged by his father to do all he could to strengthen his body. He embarked on a program of vigorous exercise, which he continued throughout his life.

Around the World on Two Wheels: Annie Londonderry’s Extraordinary Ride

Until 1894 there were no female sport stars, no product endorsement deals, and no young mothers with the chutzpah to circle the globe on a bicycle. Annie Kopchovsky changed all of that.

Teddy Roosevelt Slept Here Too

Theodore Roosevelt was a colorful and celebrated American President whose vision and commitment led to many achievements. It is less well known that he spent many happy days as a child visiting his Uncle Cornelius’s country home in Maplewood.


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Seth Boyden

Seth Boyden, “one of America’s greatest inventors,” according to Thomas Edison, spent the last 15 years of his life in “Middleville”—what is now Hilton.

Joseph Veach Noble — Renaissance man with his heart in Maplewood

Joseph Veach Noble was a true Renaissance man who stood large on the world stage and yet had his feet and heart firmly planted in Maplewood. He was interested in antiquities, technology, history, filmmaking, ceramics and art -- and his community.

Slavery in New Jersey: A Troubled History is an illustrated 40-page book that traces the evolution of slavery in New Jersey, which began with Dutch settlement in the seventeenth century and continued through the end of the Civil War.


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